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Written by Andy Appleton - 27 Nov 2007
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Location notes
A line side location by the West Coast Main Line in between Wigan and Warrington.
Railway type and traffic
This four track section of the WCML is home to Virgin Trains Pendolinos, Voyagers and the occasional Northern unit.
A variety of freight can also be seen here: DRS 20s, 37s & 66s. DB Schenker 60s, 66s & 92s. Freightliner 66s & 86s.
A quiet location on a rarely used public footpath. Not ideal after dark as you will not be able to see anything.
Road directions
Just off the A58 Lily Lane, Bamfurlong.
The beginning of the public footpath is well hidden and can easily be missed. If travelling from the A573 / Platt Bridge it is on the left just before the top of the railway bridge, if travelling from Ashton-in-Makerfield it is on the right just over the railway bridge after the first two houses. The small alley leading to this location is next to the small electric sub-station.

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Bamfurlong map co-ordinates
Free safe parking can be found opposite the Post Office close to the railway bridge.
Public transport
Two bus services serve this location:
320 Wigan-St.Helens.
620 Bolton-St.Helens

The bus stop is in-between the railway bridge & canal bridge.

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In the middle of a field near the small village of Bamfurlong so no toilets. No food outlets either but the Post Office sells crips and sweets.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.

Googly map
Streetmap links
Bamfurlong general view map
Bamfurlong close up map

Windows Local Live Link - image quality may vary

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Photographic notes
Unfortunately, when the sun comes out to play this location is only usable up to 11am. The best shot can be had facing North. The South facing shot is not ideal when the sun is out. In the afternoon, if the sun is out, the light is in your face and the tall trees opposite cause shadows.

General views - All photographs © Andy Appleton unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 3 - Looking north

Fig 3 - Looking north

Fig 4 - Looking south

Fig 4 - Looking south

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